The importance of standards in a digital worldThursday 8 December 2016
IfM has just published a report, commissioned by BSI (British Standards Institute), which looks at the challenges for UK manufacturers of ‘going digital’ – and how standards and good practice can help the UK benefit from the digital revolution.
Manufacturing leadership in the age of digital disruptionThursday 8 December 2016
Professor Andy Neely, Head of the IfM and the Cambridge Service Alliance, suggests that industry leaders should focus on five key areas if they want to survive the journey to a digital future.
Digital manufacturing at the IfMThursday 8 December 2016
Professor Andy Neely, Head of the IfM, introduces the IfM's take on digital manufacturing.
The digitalisation of manufacturing economiesWednesday 7 December 2016
Eoin O’Sullivan, Head of the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, reflects on different policy perspectives, priorities and initiatives in key manufacturing economies (USA, Germany and Japan) and considers the implications for the UK.
IfM key partner in new manufacturing research hubWednesday 7 December 2016
The IfM is part of a new research hub to transform the way medicines and other high value materials are made.
MET alum named Young Engineer of the Year at the NMI 2016 AwardsThursday 1 December 2016
IfM alumnus Keno Mario-Ghae has been named Young Engineer of the Year at the National Microelectronics Institute’s (NMI) 2016 Awards.
Innovative food technology start-up wins Open Innovation Food and FMCG Pitching EventWednesday 30 November 2016
Start-up Nuritas, which uses artificial intelligence and DNA analysis to create health-benefiting ingredients has won the 5th Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event held in London on 23 November at Food Matters Live.
A disruptive influenceThursday 24 November 2016
Stewart McTavish, Director of ideaSpace, Cambridge’s hub for early stage innovation and CTM Head Dr Tim Minshall reflect on how Stewart came to be running ideaSpace, how he has seen his vision for it become a reality, what he plans to do next – and how he invented crowdfunding.
How bright is your digital future?Thursday 24 November 2016
Dr Jag Srai, Head of the IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM), and his team have developed a new way to help companies embrace the challenges and opportunities of digitalising the extended supply chain.
Getting smart with digitalThursday 24 November 2016
Dr Alexandra Brintrup, recently appointed to the new post of Lecturer in Digital Manufacturing, explains how the IfM’s Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) has been at the forefront of digital thinking for the last two decades with its research into intelligent processes, products and services.
IfM Review Issue 6 - What's new at the IfM - NovemberMonday 21 November 2016
Issue 6 of the Institute for Manufacturing Review is now online. Articles include the digitalisation of manufacturing economies, new ways to manage the digital end-to-end supply chain and the importance of standards and best practice in the digital era.
What does Brexit mean for UK manufacturing?Thursday 17 November 2016
IfM Head, Andy Neely and Head of the IfM's new Policy Links unit, Carlos Lopez Gomez, have written an article on the post-Brexit challenges for UK manufacturers for Prospect Magazine.
IfM Alumn named Young Design Engineer of the YearMonday 7 November 2016
Former IfM MET student, Christopher Bellamy was named Young Design Engineer of the Year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards.
IfM awarded best outreach ambassador for its Science Festival activitiesTuesday 11 October 2016
The IfM has won a Cambridge BID Customer Experience Special Recognition Award for its participation in the Cambridge Science Festival 2016.
Rolls-Royce Director of Manufacturing, Dr Hamid Mughal gives inspiring talk at the IfMThursday 6 October 2016
Dr Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, visited the IfM this week to share his thoughts on UK manufacturing.
IfM researchers create ground-breaking ultraflexible batteryWednesday 5 October 2016
Researchers from the IfM’s NanoManufacturing group have created an innovative carbon nanotube structure which allows them to create extremely flexible batteries with superior performance.
IfM Head, Professor Andy Neely to speak at Financial Times Future of Manufacturing SummitWednesday 28 September 2016
Professor Andy Neely has been invited to be a panellist at the Financial Times Future of Manufacturing Summit on Tuesday 4 October in London.
Food & FMCG giants are looking for innovators to pitch them new ideasThursday 22 September 2016
Senior leaders from major food and FMCG firms, part of the Open Innovation (OI) Forum, are holding a pitching event on 23 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel, London.
IfM Head, Andy Neely awarded Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Medal for ManufacturingMonday 19 September 2016
Professor Andy Neely, Head of the Institute of Manufacturing and Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, has been awarded an Achievement Medal for Manufacturing.
IfM publishes report highlighting opportunities and challenges for UK manufacturingMonday 19 September 2016
The IfM has published a new consultation paper looking at the UK’s High Value Manufacturing (HVM) landscape over the next 15 to 20 years.
Innovative waffle machine designed by IfM students competes for Dyson AwardMonday 8 August 2016
A revolutionary continuous-flow waffle machine designed by undergraduate students at the IfM has been entered into the James Dyson Award 2016 competition.
How we get what we wantMonday 1 August 2016
Jag Srai, Head of CIM, gives Cambridge Business magazine an insight into what the IfM is doing to address the challenges involved in the modern supply chain.
IfM hosts biggest ever R&D Management ConferenceTuesday 26 July 2016
The 2016 annual R&D Management Conference was hosted in Cambridge by CTM between 3 and 6 July, with more than 450 delegates from 35 countries.
IfM ECS workshop brings academia and industry together to define bulk superconductivity research strategyTuesday 19 July 2016
A roadmapping workshop facilitated by IfM ECS brought academics and industrialists together to develop an industrially-relevant strategy for bulk superconductivity research.
Autumn courses, conferences and events - What's new at the IfM - JulyThursday 14 July 2016
September is just around the corner – and at the IfM this marks the start of a busy season packed with courses, conferences and events for our industrial and academic delegates.
DIAL's latest research presented at MIM 2016Thursday 14 July 2016
Wenrong Lu, doctoral researcher, presented DIAL’s latest work on data mining for inventory management at the 8th IFAC Conference on Manufacturing Modelling, Management and Control (MIM 2016).
IfM hosts biggest ever R&D Management ConferenceThursday 14 July 2016
The annual R&D Management Conference was held in Cambridge between 3 and 6 July, with more than 450 delegates from 30 countries.
DIAL visits YH Global in ChinaTuesday 12 July 2016
Researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, Philip Woodall, Vaggelis Giannikas and Wenrong Lu, visited YH Global’s headquarters in June as part of the ITALI project.
Digital supply chains: Jag Srai takes part in The Economist Manufacturing ForumMonday 4 July 2016
Dr Jag Srai, Head of the IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing, was a panellist at The Economist's Manufacturing Forum.
New book on asset managementThursday 30 June 2016
Researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory Raj Srinivasan and Ajith Parlikad had a new book, Decision-Making in Asset Management, published by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Prize-winning agri-tech entrepreneursWednesday 29 June 2016
Two IfM graduate students reap the rewards of their entrepreneurial approach to agri-tech.
Best paper award for the ITALI teamWednesday 29 June 2016
Researchers?from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory?won the best paper award at the 2016 International Conference on Information Quality.?
DIAL at the Airline Operations ConferenceSaturday 25 June 2016
Alena Puchkova, research associate in DIAL, participated in the AGIFORS Airline Operations Conference that was held on the 16-19 May 2016 in Seattle, USA.
The Nature, Location and Functioning of International Research CollaborationsWednesday 22 June 2016
The report follows a workshop which explored effective practices for building and nurturing effective international collaborations in manufacturing research which was hosted for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
Duncan McFarlane: the future of automationTuesday 21 June 2016
Professor Duncan McFarlane talked about how we should be thinking about automation at a summit on collaborative innovation at London's Royal Festival Hall.
Understanding Business Model Innovation - What's new at the IfM - JuneThursday 2 June 2016
Our new White Paper looks at the theoretical challenges underpinning business model innovation and makes recommendations for academia, business, funding councils and government.
A new White Paper has been published by the Business Model Innovation Research Programme at the IfMWednesday 1 June 2016
The Business Model Innovation White Paper (developed jointly by the University of Cambridge and the University of Exeter) looks at the challenges and opportunities presented by the unifying concept of the business model.
Getting to grips with IPTuesday 24 May 2016
Intellectual property (IP) is clearly fundamental to technology-based companies but Dr Frank Tietze from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management thinks that many firms can benefit from taking a more strategic approach to IP management.
Bridging the gap - How to create business tools and processes that really workTuesday 17 May 2016
Dr Imoh Ilevbare, Product Manager for IfM Education and Consultancy Services, describes the IfM’s approach to developing business tools and processes from cutting-edge research.
RFID ID and its BenefitsTuesday 17 May 2016
Alan Thorne of the Cambridge Auto ID Centre at the IfM considers the latest developments in RFID ID and its benefits.
Digital futures - and other manufacturing mattersMonday 16 May 2016
On 12 May, the IfM held its annual Briefing Day – attended by more than 150 senior industrialists and policymakers who heard about the IfM’s latest research and the work it is doing with industry and government.
Make the most of your IP - register for the next Strategic Intellectual Property ForumFriday 13 May 2016
The third Strategic Intellectual Property Forum, a half-day seminar designed to help companies better understand innovation and IP management, will take place on 24 May at the IfM.
Inventing the wheelFriday 13 May 2016
Jag Srai, Head of the IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing, took part in The Forum, a recent BBC World Service programme discussing the history of the wheel and its twenty-first century uses in modern logistics and performance art.
Leonardo da Vinci: the first systematic study of frictionMonday 9 May 2016
Friction is immensely important to us – without it, for example, we could not walk or even crawl – yet it is only 50 years since a special word – ‘tribology’ – was first coined to describe its study.
The innovation gameFriday 6 May 2016
Dr Chander Velu, head of the IfM’s Business Model Innovation research programme, explains why the time has come to put business model innovation under the microscope.
How can firms create value through servitization?Wednesday 4 May 2016
IfM’s Head, Andy Neely explains how a focus on offering services can capture added value for manufacturing businesses.
Design for Transformation - What's new at the IfM - MayTuesday 3 May 2016
The IfM’s Design Management Group uses experience-based and academically-underpinned tools to transform a company’s product range, deliver sustainable growth and produce improvements to productivity.
Why did they design it like that?Tuesday 3 May 2016
James Moultrie looks for universal appeal when beauty in is the eye of the beholder.
Good Design is a Game ChangerThursday 28 April 2016
James Moultrie, Head the IfM’s Design Management Group, argues that good design is just as important for industrial products as it is for consumer goods such as cars and electronics.
The Cambridge Value Mapping ToolMonday 25 April 2016
The Cambridge Value Mapping Tool has been developed and refined over the last five years. It uses a structured and visual approach to identify ‘value uncaptured’ in the form of failed value exchanges: value missed, destroyed, surplus, and absence.
A new collaborative award for Vaggelis GiannikasMonday 25 April 2016
Dr Vaggelis Giannikas, research associate in the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, has been awarded a Cambridge-PSL-French Embassy Fund to establish a new collaboration with Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL).
Cambridge Auto-ID lab showcased its latest researchSunday 24 April 2016
Researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, Dr Vaggelis Giannikas and Dr Alexandra Brintrup represented the Cambridge Auto-ID lab at the GS1 Global Forum in Brussels in February.
Report from AMSCI quarterly meetingFriday 22 April 2016
Tariq Masood and Brian Robertson from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory attended quarterly meeting of Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) - Advanced Manufacturing of Homes, Buildings and Infrastructure (AMHBI) which was held at Grundfos Pumps Ltd, Sunderland on 15th April 2016.
A social network of things - New approaches to asset managementWednesday 20 April 2016
Dr Ajith Parlikad, Head of the IfM’s Asset Management Group, explains how effective asset management can deliver significant value both for manufacturers and for infrastructure owners and operators – and how his team is developing a ‘social network of things’ which has the potential to revolutionise the way in which organisations manage their assets.
Patently not obviousTuesday 19 April 2016
Frank Tietze knows more than most about IP and hopes to help Cambridge and the UK do a lot better in the global IP charts.
Supplying innovation: unlocking innovation in the supply chainFriday 15 April 2016
The Cambridge Service Alliance have launched a new white paper 'Supplying Innovation - Unlocking Innovative Behaviours in the Supply Chain'.
Roadmapping at BASFFriday 8 April 2016
How BASF’s experiences are shared by many of the companies taking part in a research project run by the IfM’s Strategic Technology and Innovation Management Consortium.
The future's bright - and tinyFriday 8 April 2016
Professor Bill O’Neill from the Centre for Industrial Photonics at the IfM shows how new techniques are pointing the way to new processes at the nanoscale.
No contact required: Digital inkjet printing enables new applicationsMonday 4 April 2016
Dr Steve Hoath, Senior Research Associate at the Inkjet Research Centre of the IfM explains how his and colleagues’ work is focused on understanding the underlying science of inkjet printing.
Zhenglin Liang at The System Engineering and Management Science ConferenceMonday 4 April 2016
Zhenglin Liang participated in The System Engineering and Management Science Conference which took place in Beijing from the 1st – 2nd April 2016.
Manufacturing leadersFriday 1 April 2016
Roger Connor is President, Global Manufacturing & Supply at GSK. He met Judith Shawcross, Head of Professional and Executive Development at the IfM, to talk about the time he spent in Cambridge on the Manufacturing Leaders’ Programme (MLP) – and how it remains relevant to the challenges he faces today.
IfM Review Issue 5 - What's new at the IfM - AprilFriday 1 April 2016
Issue 5 of the Institute for Manufacturing Review is now available online. Articles include the importance of business model innovation, advances in inkjet printing and fluid engineering, the 'social network of things' and the benefits and challenges of embedding roadmapping.
Liquid assetsThursday 24 March 2016
Understanding fluids and their behaviour is key to developing new manufacturing processes and a wide range of applications. Professor Ian Hutchings, Head of the Inkjet Research Centre, and Dr Ronan Daly, Head of the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing Group, explain how the IfM’s research in this area has evolved over the last ten years – and where they see it heading.
The Newsletter of the Centre for Technology Management - March 2016Wednesday 23 March 2016
Read the March issue of the Centre for Technology Management Newsletter.
'Where there is light, there is shadow' EPSRC photo competition winnerTuesday 22 March 2016
Jon Parkins has been announced as the EPSRC Science Photo Competition entry winner for the Innovation category.
Colour Marketing Services: increased profits and future orders for specialist colour cards firmMonday 21 March 2016
IfM ECS has recently worked with Colour Marketing Services, a manufacturer of colour systems and samples.
Science festival 2016 at the IfMSunday 20 March 2016
More than 1000 visitors of all ages visited the IfM on Saturday 19 March for the annual Cambridge Science Festival.
Circular Business Book: Collaborate and CirculateFriday 18 March 2016
A new book Circular Business: Collaborate and Circulate has been published today.
What we do at the IfMFriday 18 March 2016
The People, Projects and Activities 2016 report provides an insight into the range of work we do in all areas of manufacturing, from carbon nanotubes to global supply chains, from supporting national R&D strategies to understanding the impact of the ‘digital revolution’.
50 years of tribologyMonday 14 March 2016
From wind farms to data storage, from deodorants to floor tiles, tribology is involved in many aspects of modern life – yet most people have never heard of the word, let alone know what it means.
CSTI and Policy Links host 'smart specialisation' workshop for the region's agri-tech communityFriday 11 March 2016
The IfM’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) and its knowledge exchange unit, Policy Links, held a ‘smart specialisation’ workshop this week bringing together the agri-tech community in the East of England. The workshop was designed to identify the distinctive strengths of the region as one of Europe’s leading agri-tech clusters.
Launching Production and Design Group WorkshopWednesday 9 March 2016
On Thursday 25 February the Centre for International Manufacturing took part in the launch of Leeds University's Cities themed Design and Production Group.
Balancing push and pull strategies within the production systemMonday 7 March 2016
Dr Alena Puchkova, research associate in the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, presented a paper called "Balancing push and pull strategies within the production system" at the 7th IFAC Conference on Management and Control of Production and Logistics.
Record attendance expected for the R&D Management Conference and PhD ColloquiumThursday 3 March 2016
Preparations are in full swing for a record attendance at this year’s R&D Management Conference, hosted by the Centre for Technology Management at Churchill College.
Reducing the risk of failure in new product developmentTuesday 1 March 2016
New Practice Guide examines the front end of innovation and considers how this can be organised using formal processes to avoid such failures in innovation processes, and to improve the success of the innovation pipeline.
Podcast - The importance of academia to the manufacturing landscapeThursday 25 February 2016
In this interview podcast, Andy Neely discusses his views on how the manufacturing landscape wouldn't be the same without academia.
Manufacturing metrics review reportWednesday 24 February 2016
Today sees the launch of the Manufacturing metrics review report lead by Professor Sir Mike Gregory prepared for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
President Fox Visits the IfMWednesday 24 February 2016
Former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox and his wife Marta Sahagún de Fox visited the IfM last week. They were in Cambridge to understand more about the future trends in manufacturing and their implications for Mexico’s economy.
Making It - Advanced Manufacturing in the Liverpool City Region to 2020Wednesday 17 February 2016
The Liverpool City Region (LCR) has a vision to become a global manufacturing hotspot with the smartest networks, talent, technology and investment.
Positive outlook for manufacturingTuesday 16 February 2016
Dr Jag Srai, Head of the IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing, was interviewed for ITV’s Anglia News last week about the prospects for manufacturing in the region.
IfM convenes manufacturing and innovation policy workshop with senior UK and German policymakersFriday 12 February 2016
In January 2016 the IfM’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) brought together a high profile group of policymakers and practitioners from UK and German institutions to share experiences and identify best practices in implementing innovation policies.
Manufacturing your future - High value manufacturing at the Alconbury Enterprise CampusThursday 11 February 2016
The new Alconbury Enterprise Campus in Cambridgeshire needed a clear vision to develop the economic potential of the exciting new facility. It required a better understanding of the sector strengths of the region, and to identify any gaps that could be used to inform decisions on training provision for its technical and vocational training centre.
Opportunities and Challenges in Additive ManufacturingMonday 8 February 2016
Dr Tim Minshall who leads the bit-by-bit project at the IfM explains why Additive Manufacturing (or 3D Printing) could have huge application in sectors from cars to space stations.
Getting up to speed with automationWednesday 3 February 2016
More than 50 manufacturing companies visited the IfM last week. A mix of SMEs and multinationals, they were all there to learn how automation can help grow their businesses, improve their productivity and create better working environments for their staff.
What's new at the IfM - February - Seven Critical Success Factors in the Shift to ServicesTuesday 2 February 2016
A new Executive Briefing from the Cambridge Service Alliance, 'Seven Critical Success Factors in the Shift to Services’, sets out a roadmap for making the shift to services journey.
BLOG: How can we develop effective and mutually beneficial strategic university-industry partnerships?Monday 1 February 2016
What more can universities and companies do to develop effective and mutually beneficial strategic partnerships? A report by Tomas Coates Ulrichsen and Eoin O’Sullivan at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) at the IfM focuses on this important question.
Add a service dimension to your businessFriday 29 January 2016
Dr Veronica Martinez explains that UK manufacturing companies often cannot compete on price alone, while product differentiation is getting more difficult and expensive. Services are the key to creating a more diversified business and to building stronger customer relationships, she argues.
Smart Products Through-Life WorkshopFriday 29 January 2016
On 28th January DIAL hosted the Smart Products Through-Life workshop which was second in the series of three, which aims to establish collaboration and outline the research roadmap required to support smart products through-life.
Lean and agile strategies key to outsmart the competitionWednesday 27 January 2016
Dr Rob Phaal from the Centre for Technology Management at the IfM in this short video makes the case for lean and agile strategy as a source of competitive advantage.
AMSCI-AMHBI consortium meeting and D(FMA)2 workshop on high-level information flowsTuesday 26 January 2016
A quarterly meeting of Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) – Advanced Manufacturing of Homes, Buildings and Infrastructure (AMHBI) was held at BRE, Watford on 22 January 2016 with a consortium dinner the night before. The meeting was jointly organised by Laing O’Rourke, BRE and University of Cambridge - DIAL and Engineering Design Centre (EDC).
DIAL goes shopping.....at festival in ChinaMonday 25 January 2016
DIAL's research associate Vaggelis Giannikas and PhD student Wernong Lu visited China during the Singles' Day festival in November as part of an ongoing research project between DIAL and YH Global.
Enabling the 4th industrial revolution - "industrie 4.0" or the "internet of things"?Monday 25 January 2016
I've been struck recently by the range of people talking about new digital and data developments in manufacturing. Of particular interest has been the apparent explosion of discussion about industrie 4.0, internet plus and the industrial internet.
Cambridge Auto-ID lab at the GS1 Global ForumMonday 25 January 2016
Cambridge Auto-ID lab will be presented at the GS1 Global Forum by DIAL's researchers Vaggelis Giannikas and Alexandra Brintrup.
First Repair Services for Domestic Appliances WorkshopWednesday 20 January 2016
Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory group is currently engaged in scoping a research project to look at Enhanced Repair of Domestic Appliances.
Torben Jess investigates Industy 4.0 for BoeingMonday 18 January 2016
DIAL's Torben Jess had a unique opportunity to work as an intern with Boeing Research and Technology in St Louis for three months.
Manufacturing - an exciting place and timeMonday 18 January 2016
Andy Neely, Head of the at the IfM, explains why he thinks this is a wonderful time to be involved with manufacturing.
Webinar - Innovating Your Business Model: The Capability Assessment ToolWednesday 13 January 2016
In this webinar Andy Neely revisits original research conducted by the Cambridge Service Alliance which set out to answer the question - 'what capabilities do firms need to successfully innovate their business model for services and solutions'.
What's new at the IfM - January - The Year AheadFriday 8 January 2016
2016 promises to be an exciting year for everyone involved in manufacturing as we continue to embrace new technologies, new business models and changing customer expectations - as well as the increasingly pressing need to run businesses in a way which will preserve our planet for future generations.
Prize awarded to Tadas Kartanas at VitaScientia 2016Monday 4 January 2016
Congratulations to Tadas Kartanas, who was selected as the 2nd best short oral presentation at the recent 2nd Vita Scientia conference at the Joint Centre for Life Sciences in Vilnius, Lithuania.
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